Will iPad charger work with iPhone and charge iPhone faster?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by zub3qin, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. zub3qin macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007
    Does the iPad 10W charger work with iPhones?

    If you are traveling, is there a reason to carry 2 chargers-- one for each device?

    Will the 10W charger charge the iPhone faster than the USB charger that iPhone has now, or will it simply fry it?
  2. Mactagonist macrumors 65816

    Feb 5, 2008
    NYC - Manhattan
    It should work with it just fine, but the iPhone will only draw as much power as it can take so I doubt it will charge significantly faster and it definitely will not be destroyed.
  3. CVC macrumors member

    Oct 22, 2005
    Southern California
    From the Apple Store website:

    But Mactagonist is right, the iPhone will only draw what it can take.
  4. zub3qin thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007
    Apple Store tells me today when I got my iPad not to use the iPad charger with iPhone. This can't be correct, no?
  5. zinka macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2009
    Not correct. The official Apple Store description of the 10W charger says it works with iPhones. The iPhone will only draw 500mA from the charger.
  6. ryanv macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2010
    Already used my 10W charger on the iPhone. No problems so far
  7. bluedog3401 macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2008
    So a followup question is:

    Can you use your iPhone charger with the iPad and have it charge at the same speed. I don't see any markings on either to designate a difference and unless someone else has a thought or spec's on it, believe they are probably interchangeable.

    Anyone know?
  8. maso4 macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2010
    I asked this question at the Apple Genius Bar, Easton, Columbus. They told me that you can use the iPhone charger with iPad, but you will basically just be trickle charging the iPad. More like maintaining what's the existing charge than actually charging it up.
  9. mrboult macrumors 6502


    Jul 29, 2008
    London, England
    Also been using my iPad charger for my iPhone 3Gs with no problems. Think it might be charging it a little faster but that could just be my imagination.
  10. bluermlou macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2008
    Been using my ipad charger with my iPhone since i got it last Friday, with no problems.
  11. mrathee macrumors 6502

    Jul 8, 2010
    Not sure if it is all in my head - but I charged my iphone twice via ipad charger - it charged faster AND degraded faster.

    Seems to degrade much quicker every day now.
  12. Hammie macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2009
    Wash, DC Metro
    All three of my 3GS's have much shorter battery lives since the iOS 4 upgrade.

    My work has ALWAYS had a short life due to MS Exchange Push that has been installed on it, but I keep it on a charger at work and every night. So far, I have been okay with battery life. My other two non-work phones get about a day to a day and a half before they need charged.
  13. JonMPLS macrumors 65816

    May 23, 2010
    iPhone 3G

    FYI; with the 3G (not the GS) the iPad charger has an annoying problem. The iPhone battery icon will not change during the charging procedure. If you use the iPad charger for a couple hours, shut of the phone and turn it back on, you will see that it is charged. This does not seem to happen on the 3GS or the 4.
  14. T4R06 macrumors 65816

    Oct 8, 2007
    You can charge your iPhone via iPad charger. I'm doing this most of the time.

    But pls don't charge your iPad to iPhone charger.. You know what will happen right?

    It will fry your iPhone charger. So be careful
  15. vladzaharia macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2010
    No it won't.
    If the iPad were to fry lower powered USB ports because of it's higher poer requirements, then every USB port on every computer would be fried.
    And electricity doesn't work that way, either. The iPhone charger will provide a max of 5W, and the iPad will use those 5W to do whatever charging it can off of the power it gets. If anything were to happen, it'd happen to the iPad because it's the one receiving the power.
  16. T4R06 macrumors 65816

    Oct 8, 2007
    so you are saying you are doing it on yours?
  17. Tobster3 macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2010
    South Korea
    Not with my iPhone charger as I don't have an iPhone but......

    I have tried to charge my iPad with my iPod charger, it just took forever and didn't fry anything.

    I am constantly using my iPad charger to charge my Nano and Classic iPod, no problems.
  18. JonMPLS macrumors 65816

    May 23, 2010
    Just a FYI. On my last trip I forgot my ipad charger so used my iPhone charger. As mentioned before, it worked fine but was slow. To help it along I did not use the iPad while charging.
  19. d123 macrumors 68000


    Oct 19, 2009
    I don't know what the fuss is about, even Apple say you can charge the iPad with an iPhone charger.


  20. dvershinin macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2014

    No frying will take place. iPhone can be charged just fine using iPad charger. For those familiar with electronics - iPad charger will produce the same current, but with higher voltage. Use the rules described here, you will know you can charge without issues Charge iPhone via iPad charger, voltages
  21. carjakester macrumors 68020


    Oct 21, 2013
    i use my iPad charger for my phone all the time. but my iPad won't even charge on my iPhone charger.
  22. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    You've got it backwards. P = I x V or Watts = Amps x Volts. Voltage is always 5V with USB.

    It's the current that varies from the iPhone to iPad charger. The 10W charger can supply 2A (10 = 2 x 5). The 5W charger can supply 1A (5 = 1 x 5). The device will draw only what it needs if connected to the higher wattage charger.
  23. iPodJedi macrumors 6502a


    Nov 28, 2013
    Apple Store, USA
    Yes, ABSOLUTELY it will charge twice as fast.
    But it goes the other way too, if u use the iphone charger on ipad it will charge 2 times slower.
  24. RF9 macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2008
    Actually that's a myth.
    I've done considerable testing with USB power meters and an Ammeter to verify that an iPhone will only use 1Amp of electricity no matter what charger you use. I've tested with over 18 different charger adapters with the same result. Even a 3.4 amp charger.... yep, the iPhone uses exactly 1 amp and only 1 amp.

    So if you use a 10 watt charger (2 Amps at 5 volts) the iPhone will not charge faster. It will charge at the identical speed as if you used the included 5 watt (1 Amp) charger.

    The reverse is certainly true. A 1 Amp (5 watt) charger can only deliver 1 Amp so the iPad will charge about 1/2 the speed.

    Additional things to consider:
    1) The iPhone (and iPad) will only rapid charge up to 80%. At 80% they both gradually reduce charging speed. The iPhone will use 1 amp up to 80%. Between 80%-100% it will use gradually decreasing power below 1 Amp.

    2) The charger cable you use absolutely matters. Cheap 3rd party iPhone cables, especially long ones, use wire gauge that's too thin. As a result the iPhoen can use only a maximum of .6 amps, and in some cases .3 amps with a 10ft cheap-o that I tested.
    It's worth paying for "apple certified" cables and avoiding the cheap $2 cable. All apple certified cables will carry a full 2.1 Amps. Those cheap ones will work but expect slow charge times (in some cases you may want that.)

    3) Chargers need to say apple compatible otherwise you may be limited to the .5 Amp USB spec.

    I used to believe that a 10 or 12 watt charger would charge the iPhone faster so I did some testing and proved I was wrong.
  25. Vivian125 macrumors regular


    May 19, 2017
    It's fine to Charge your iPhone with your iPad Charger but NEVER use the iPhone Charger as it is only 5 Volts to charge your iPad... Unless you are asking to destroy your iPhone Charger..

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